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The “City by the Bay” is a vibrant, bustling city. Getting around is convenient using MUNI, the public transportation system, which includes buses, trolleys, underground and surface trains and the famed cable cars. Truly experiencing San Francisco involves visiting its neighborhoods…the colorful Mission and Castro Districts, counterculture capital Haight Street, upscale Pacific Heights, exotic Chinatown, and ethnically rich North Beach…and the best way to experience them is on foot. Hiking, opera, Alcatraz, fishing, theater, dim sum, windsurfing, Japanese tea ceremonies, sea lions, golf, crooked streets, steep hills, world-class shopping, modern art…San Francisco is a diverse metropolis brimming with excitement and activity.

Whether you wish to explore the sights and sounds of the city, or simply unwind and relax, your stay at The Donatello will be a feast of wonderful activities. Nearby, the bustle of Union Square offers a wealth of shopping, dining, and cultural activities. The city's other landmarks are just minutes away, from the silent beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge to the eclectic charms of Fisherman's Wharf.

Or take on an affordable adventure and go geocaching! Experience the various trails in San Francisco and discover a treasure or two along the way.

Quick Area Guide

Cable Car Museum 0.62 miles
Alcatraz Island and Prison 2.13 Miles
Fisherman's Wharf 2.13 Miles
Ghirardelli Square 2.24 Miles
Exploratorium Museum 3.49 Miles
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre 3.50 miles


Attractions & Museums

Visit the Cable Car Museum, which provides not only a historical perspective of the importance of the cable car to San Francisco, but an insight into the daily operations of today's system. The Museum, located in the Washington and Mason cable car barn and powerhouse, is free and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s day. 1201 Mason Street at Washington Street, San Francisco. (415) 474-1887.

Former federal prison Alcatraz has become a must see activity for visitors to the Bay Area. The Alcatraz Tour departs daily from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco to the middle of San Francisco Bay. (415) 705-5555.

Experience Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco's most popular destination. Known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping, Fisherman's Wharf offers a wide array of things to do for everyone. The Embarcadero and Taylor Street. (415) 956-3493.

Acclaimed as one of the world's most beautiful bridges, there are many different elements to the Golden Gate Bridge, which make it unique. With its tremendous towers, sweeping cables and great span, the Bridge is a sensory beauty featuring color, sound and light. US Highway 101. (415) 921-5858.

Opened in 1915, the Palace of Fine Arts was originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art. It is only one of the few structures to survive from the Exposition and remains on its original site. This popular tourist locale is known for its gorgeous scenery, which includes an artificial lagoon featuring a fountain, lake, swans and other wildlife.

Family Fun Parks

The Exploratorium is an experimental, hands-on museum designed to spark curiosity. Experience exhibits from this museum of science, art and human perception. With hundreds of exhibits, let curiosity be your compass to endless discoveries! 3609 Lyon Road, San Francisco. (415) 561-0360.


Ghirardelli Square is a historic San Francisco destination, offering shopping San Francisco style, waterfront dining near Fisherman's Wharf, art galleries, family events, walking tours and more. 900 North Point Street. (415) 775-5500.


Seasonal Averages for San Francisco, California:

Month Avg. High Avg. Low
Jan 56°F 43°F
Feb 59°F 46°F
Mar 61°F 47°F
Apr 64°F 48°F
May 67°F 51°F
Jun 70°F 53°F
Jul 71°F 55°F
Aug 72°F 56°F
Sep 73°F 55°F
Oct 70°F 52°F
Nov 62°F 48°F
Dec 56°F 43°F